Last May we took a quick trip over to the Hakone area to go to this crazy onsen that has everything from a coffee bath, a wine bath, sake bath, and a pool you dip your feet into and let little fish nibble off your top layer of skin. We also were able to see another side of Fuji I had not seen before once we reached the Gotemba area. The city of Gotemba has got one hell of a view! I took these shots from their shrine, which was also nearby an awesome camp spot we found that was cheap and had a pretty amazing view of Fuji as well. I think I actually enjoyed the Gotemba area a bit more than Hakone, which is probably blasphemous to even say as so many people love Hakone, but that is the problem.. So many people in Hakone!
Of course, every time I go through my shots of Japan I miss it quite a bit, but it is easy to forget that during the spring time when I took these shots I had the worst allergies of my life! I could barely sleep at night for over a month during our last year there. I guess that is the price exacted by Mother Japan for so much amazing photography potential.
You found a rather large Buddha! Happy New Years!
Another one from Ayutthaya. I took multiple shots of this scene with different statues in focus. This happened to be the first one I opened and I just started to work on it. I looked at the other version a day after posting this, really, I like the focus point to be on the statue second from the left side. I think that framing your subject with bokeh on both sides is usually a bit more pleasing than starting your DoF at the beginning of your foreground. That is my theory at least.
Since our international flights originated in Bangkok, we thought it would be interesting to head up to the city of Ayutthaya, which is about an hour away from the city center, maybe slightly longer if you get caught in the hellish traffic usually found in Bangkok. We flagged a taxi down in the morning and were able to get an all day tour from the most friendly cab driver I have ever met in my life–and only for 1,500 baht. His mother was born in the city, so he knew exactly where to take us. He knew of so many spots that we eventually became so wore out that we had to turn him around back to Bangkok… where he proceeded to take us to more places. So I have a lot of shots from that day since there is so much cool stuff to see. Thank you Mr. Bangkok cab driver.
Last June we set off for Kamakura to see the Great Buddha and other temples in the near by area. The Great Buddha was constructed in 1252 and is the second largest statue in Japan.
The statue used to be covered in a temple hall until a tsunami actually made it all the way to the Kotokuin Temple grounds where it is located, and washed the building away at the end of the 15th century.
The most impressive site of Kamakura was the Hasedera Temple which overlooks the coastal area of Kamakura. The temple contains everything from hundreds of statues, loads of blooming flowers, a temple, rice balls :), and even a cave.
One visit surely is not enough to this amazing temple. I will definitely make my way back to the Hase Temple seeing how it is a photographic playground, especially when all of the enormous flowers are in bloom.